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Blu-ray+DVD review: Fast & Furious 6

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Blu-ray+DVD review: Fast & Furious 6

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Studio Synopsis: Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled drivers, whose mastermind (Luke Evans) is aided by the love Dom (Diesel) thought was dead, Letty (Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal mercenaries from stealing a top secret weapon is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks for the help of Dom and his elite team. Payment for the ultimate chase? Full pardons for all of them and a chance to make their families whole again.

Studio: Universal
Running Time: 131 minutes
Rating: Pg-13
Number of Disks: 2

Special Features:
- The Making of Fast & Furious 6:
*The Fastest of Them All
*Reuniting the Team
*Letty's Return
*The Mastermind and the Mole
*The London Chase
- Planes, Tanks, and Automobiles:
*Highway Heist: The Convoy Attack
*The Antonov Takedown
*Dom and Letty Race Again
- It's All About the Cars:
*On the Set with Vin
*Gearhead's Delight
*The Flip Car
- Hand to Hand Fury
- Fast & Furious 7 First Look
- Deleted Scenes
- Feature Commentary with Director Justin Lin

Never offering anything less than top notch action at topped out speeds, Fast & Furious 6 keeps the pedal gloriously mashed to the metal with slick style and kitchen-sink thrills. And while 6 will no doubt forever be shrouded by the veil of Paul Walker’s tragic and untimely death – Walker was killed on November 30, 2013 after a car he was riding in crashed. The well-liked actor was only 40 years old – the film itself is another screaming silver bullet shot down the highway where fast, furious, and fun converges.

Director Justin Lin, staying true to the formula that has worked for him since cutting his teeth on Tokyo Drift, continues to swap out storyline for set swagger, keeping the audience glued with high-gloss metal and high-end parts. But the wonderfully ironic thing about Fast & Furious 6, and indeed the franchise in general, is that for all the furrowed brow seriousness thrown about throughout each film, every installment exudes an attitude of never taking itself too seriously. It’s a gear-head film with a knuckle-head heart if you will.

The extras menu is quite expansive, as an Extended Edition’s menu should be, with great insights and features involving every aspect of the film. Lin’s feature commentary is concise without feeling overwhelming and/or mechanical, as he explores many key topics of the film’s production, and knowing full well what everyone is itching to see, the bulk of the remaining supplements feature; what else, vehicles of every shape and size. Be they slick, strong, sizable or smashed you’ll see the ins and outs of what it took to get each of them on camera, and the reasoning behind each critical decision made with such a valuable inventory. The extras menu also boasts a glimpse into the filming of Fast & Furious 7, and three brief deleted scenes.

So with action and excitement pushing over the redline, which far outshines any mundane storyline, Fast & Furious 6 is another well oiled gear keeping this franchise in peak performance.

Additional Resources:
Central Cast:
Paul Walker | Vin Diesel | Dwayne Johnson | Jordana Brewster | Michelle Rodriguez | Tyrese Gibson | Sung Kang | Gal Gadot | Ludacris
Director: Justin Lin
Central Writers: Chris Morgan | Gary Scott Thompson
Theatrical Release: May 24, 2013
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: December 10, 2013
Genre:
Action | Crime | Thriller
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE

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